Remember this little gem from back in the days of sideburns and polyester?
Looks like you can start substituting lyrics for: “where are the bikes in your neighborhood?”
Thanks to one tech savy upstart, looks like Citibank won’t be the only one offering high-tech bike sharing.
A whole team of software engineers were recently on hand at the Tech Crunch conference to unveil their updated bikes which allow users to find bikes using smart phones and wireless communications. After locating an available bike, the rider is sent a pass code in order to unlock the system.
Here is more from Engadget magazine:
Social Bicycles announces availability by the end of the summer. We go hands on. (Video)
By: Brian Heater
Published: May 23rd 2012
When last saw the Social Bicycles (SoBi), there wasn’t a heck of a lot to report on. The whole thing was little more than a concept, a Kickstarter page and an early prototype. Flash forward just under a year later, and it’s beginning to look a lot like a real, consumer-facing product. The New York startup showed off its bike and a couple of apps today at TechCrunch Disrupt. The concept here is not too dissimilar from a Zipcar — you locate a bike using the Android or iOS app, find it on the street, enter your PIN, pull out the lock and you’re good to go.
If you’re feeling particularly enterprising, you can can pick up bikes to rent up for $1,300 a piece, if you order less than 50 or $1,100 per, if you go for more. The wireless data, meanwhile, runs $15 per bike, per month. The company has both consumer and business-facing apps. On the administrative side of things, you can track the bikes and set boundaries for return. Incentive programs are set up, giving customers credits, should they do something like get a bike from outside a designated hub and return it to one.
Find out more: here.